Home Sports Showstoppers to defend “Greatest of the Streets” title in final
Come next Friday, the Showstoppers team will have a chance to cop a fourth consecutive “Guinness Greatest of the Streets” title when they meet Brothers United in the final. The two teams were victorious in the semi-final which was held on Friday evening.
The Pouderoyen Tarmac on the West Coast of Demerara was a hive of activity on Friday as patrons gathered to watch the semi-final games in the West Coast/East Bank subdivision unfold.
The first semi-final encounter of the night featured Brothers United and Ballers Empire in a nail-biting showdown. Both teams worked hard on their defence which led to a nil all score card at the half. It seemed as though the encounter would go without a goal when Andrew Murray of Brothers United ended the goalless spell with one in the 37th minute. Almost immediately after, Quincy Dos Santos of Ballers Empire replied with another Guinness goal to tie up the score. At the penalty mark, Brothers edged out their opponents with two penalties to one scored.
The second semi was a battle between defending champions Showstoppers and Up Top Bosses. Expectantly, the three-time champs commanded the encounter, restricting Up Top Bosses to a blank score card. Meanwhile, Showstopper’s Trayon Bobb netted a Guinness goal in the 39th minute for the win.
Meanwhile, in the plate, West Side Ballers needled Jetty to advance. The West Side Ballers made the most of a 7th minute own goal from Jetty, keeping their defence strong until regulation time to take the win.
The other plate semi saw ESPN and Bagotstown playing to a deadlocked game at regulation time. However, when the teams met at the penalty mark, ESPN got the better of Bagotstown with a 2-0 score.
ESPN and West Side Ballers will therefore meet in a consolation final prior to the headline matches come next Friday.
Brothers United will face off with Showstoppers in the final on Friday, February 15. On the other hand, Up Top Bosses and Ballers Empire will fight for the opportunity to become the third place finishers.
First place will pocket $500,000, while second place will have to settle for $250,000. Third and fourth place will receive $200,000 and $100,000 respectively.